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Year in space put US astronaut’s disease defenses on alert

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

NASA’s longest-running rover on Mars, Opportunity, has been pronounced dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will …


Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars

Two tiny satellites have fallen silent hundreds of millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars.


Space Station engineer says indoor lights are making us sick. Here’s why

Those fluorescent lights hanging above your cubicle might be making you sick, depressed and obese, according to ex-NASA scientist Robert Soler.


Faraway space snowman is pitted and has bright ‘collar’

The space snowman visited by NASA on New Year’s Day is pitted all over and has a bright “collar” between its two fused spheres.


Failure to launch: Central Valley grad’s NASA internship delayed because of shutdown

Josh Ross, a 2014 Central Valley High School graduate, has been helping with a NASA project destined for Mars. The partial government shutdown has grounded his work.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

NASA’s storm-silenced rover marks 15th anniversary on Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s Opportunity rover is silently marking the 15th anniversary of its touchdown on Mars. The spacecraft hasn’t been heard from since a global dust storm last …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

NASA replaces astronaut on Boeing’s first crew launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA has replaced an astronaut assigned to Boeing’s first launch with a crew. Astronaut Eric Boe was pulled Tuesday from the upcoming test flight for unspecified …


Blue Origin shoots NASA experiments into space in test

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, launched NASA experiments into space Wednesday on a brief test flight.


It’s shaping up to be a stellar year for space flight

Government and industry officials believe 2019 could mark a turning point in the United States space program, which could see all sorts of new milestones as NASA celebrates the 50th …


NASA spacecraft enters orbit around asteroid, sets records

A NASA spacecraft has gone into orbit around an ancient asteroid, setting a pair of records.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

Nancy Grace Roman, astronomer celebrated as ‘mother’ of Hubble, dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, who was celebrated as a trailblazer for female scientists and a driving force behind advances including the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, died Dec. 25 at …


Government shutdown upends scientific research

The partial government shutdown will probably persist into the new year, which would mean a rocky start to 2019 for American science.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Christmas in space: Spokane’s Anne McClain, crewmates celebrate holiday aboard International Space Station

Spokane native Lt. Col. Anne McClain and NASA Expedition 58 crewmates spent Christmas enjoying a holiday meal, sharing gifts and calling down to family members from the International Space Station.


Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world.


NASA’s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading …


Stephen Curry says the U.S. never landed on the moon. NASA cries foul.

Until this precise moment in his nearly decade-long career, Stephen Curry has remained gleefully free of controversy. A few seconds of a podcast, however, may have changed everything.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind

NASA’s new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the Martian wind.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 9:29 a.m.

Spokane astronaut Anne McClain boards International Space Station as Gonzaga Prep follows the journey

Three astronauts successfully blasted off Monday to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, a perfect launch that follows October’s aborted mission.


Astronaut and Spokane native Anne McClain blasts off Monday

When Lt. Col. Anne McClain was a child, her dream was to become an astronaut. This month, that dream becomes reality.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

A NASA spacecraft has landed on Mars to explore the planet’s interior.


New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA …


With a smirk, official says Russia will verify moon landings

The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has said that a proposed Russian mission to the moon will be tasked with verifying that the American moon landings were real, though …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

NASA to launch safety review of SpaceX and Boeing

NASA has ordered a safety review of the two companies it has hired to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, a monthslong assessment that would involve hundreds of interviews …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia on Saturday, the second shipment in two days.


NASA’s Parker spacecraft makes 1st close approach to sun

A NASA spacecraft has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2


Kepler telescope dead after finding thousands of worlds

NASA’s elite planet-hunting spacecraft has been declared dead, just a few months shy of its 10th anniversary.


NASA astronaut describes close call following failed launch

The NASA astronaut who survived last week’s failed launch and emergency landing knew he needed to stay calm.